The verification process of the village voters register has received lukewarm response across most polling stations, The Sunrise has established.
The four-day nationwide exercise that started on Friday June 22 and ended today Monday June 25, was meant to update the voters’ register in preparation for the long-awaited village level elections slated to be held on July 10.
In the three villages of Okuvu, Kirijawo and Kalerwe in Kaggo zone of Nakawa Division of Kampala district, this reporter observed very low turn up.
Geoffrey Higenyi, who was hired as the update officer in Okuvu village in Kaggo zone, had registered only five voters for women councils and 12 for the LC 1 general elections.
This not withstanding, the Electoral Commission assured the electorates that residents who were confirmed on the register during the exercise it conducted in October 2017 would not need to register afresh.
Justice Simon Byabakama, the chairperson of the Electoral Commission assured electors that the exercise mainly targeted those people who missed being registered before the termination of this process last year.
Despite the low turnout, most people are anxiously waiting to turn up come July 10, 2018 to choose their local leaders. This election is considered crucial because of the important role that local councils play in service delivery.
Some 60,801 polling stations across Uganda are set to renew their leadership.
The nominations of candidates for village LC1 chairpersons shall take place on July 4 and 5.